Wamsutter, WY – The town of Wamsutter has applied for a $1.3 million state grant to lure a grocery store and other businesses to the booming community.
The grant from the Wyoming Business Council would be used to construct a 9,000 square-foot building. Town officials hope to get a grocery store, a bank and three other businesses to set up shop inside the building.
Right now, Wamsutter doesn't have a grocery store. Mayor Ken Waldner says residents head in every direction to buy food - to Rawlins, Rock Springs and Craig, Colo.
The town also doesn't have any banks, although there are three ATMs.
Booming natural gas development has caused Wamsutter's population to quadruple to about 1,000 since 2000.